Sharp decline in number of permanent residency grants to Nepalese citizens

2 December 2019 I Australian government data from the second quarter of the current programme year reveals a sharp decline in the permanent residency and provisional visa grants to applicants born in Nepal.

Between 1 April and 31 June this year, a total of 4092 Nepal-borns were granted permanent residency and provisional visas which was the third largest skilled intake based on country of birth. With 13,523, India is at the top of the source countries while China comes second with 7942 grants under skilled migration stream.

However, the number of Nepalese applicants who were lucky to be granted permanent and provisional visas in the following quarter, 1 July to 30 September 2019, dropped almost half to only 2149.

New South Wales (NSW) has by far the biggest concentration of Nepalese citizens. An overwhelming majority of these Nepalese applicants who were granted permanent and provisional visas were in NSW – 2531 in April to June quarter against 1192 in July to September quarter.

The tiny Himalayan nation is the third largest source country of international students in Australia pumping in just over a billion dollars into the Australian economy.

Tasmania however has registered a growth in the number of Nepalese citizens who were granted permanent and provisional visas – only 71 in April to June quarter as against 101 in July to September quarter.

In the programme year 2018/19, 10517 Nepalese citizens were granted permanent residency and provisional visas. In addition to these grants under skilled migration stream, 152 were granted humanitarian visas under various subclasses while 1256 were granted under family migration stream.

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